Cloud Productivity: Why Is It So Important?

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Anywhere work

Cloud-based productivity tools aren’t just available anywhere, they’re generally accessible from a range of devices. So, if you only have your smartphone or tablet with you, you can still do valuable work. Turning to cloud-based productivity means work evolves from an office-based activity to one that is only reliant on an internet connection.

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Always up to date

With desktop software, you buy a package that remains relatively static – barring the very occasional update – until you invest in a new version a few years down the line. But technology is moving at lightning speed, which means that the shiny new applications you invested in three years ago may now seem clunky and out of date. With cloud-based alternatives, updates and patches are taken care of automatically by the provider, and new features are added as soon as they’re available. In a nutshell, with cloud services you’re always using the most up-to-date and secure version.
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Scale in seconds

In the old days, when you recruited a new member of staff you’d have to invest in and upload new versions of all the software and applications they’d need. With cloud services, you just add another seat to your licence. With most services all it takes is just a couple of clicks.
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It’s cost-effective

Cloud is cost-effective, especially for SMEs. The ability to add one user at a time and to do so easily means you never have to invest in spare capacity “just in case”. With SaaS, you only ever pay for exactly what you need. It also reduces the amount of hardware you have to house and maintain, as on-premise infrastructure is replaced by a reliable connection to the cloud.
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It’s secure and available

If you’re working with Office 365, G Suite or a host of other SaaS applications, the chances of you losing work are pretty much zero. For a start, cloud-based apps tend to automatically save changes to documents as soon as they’re made. In addition, your documents and applications are housed in highly secure data centres, and usually replicated in more than one location.
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Carry on in a crisis

As the Covid pandemic showed, cloud applications are perfect in a crisis. When your employees can work effectively from anywhere, your business can carry on during floods, heatwaves, blizzards and global health pandemics. Cloud services are increasingly seen as a fundamental part of business continuity planning.

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